the president says the economy has been growing since then, businesses are gaining ground, jobs are being created, but he made sure to save best -- >> the whole was so deep, a lot of people out there are still hurting. they're still having a tough time. >> in northern virginia, people say continuing concerns about unemployment that keep them from feeling optimistic about the economy. >> what if 5 is my job? >> an lot of people are having problems finding jobs. >> a government economist says that while the economy did stop declining in june of 2009, the rate of growth has been slow compared to previous years. even if the recession did end this year, it said a new record as the longest recession since world war ii.